Habib Bank Plaza

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Habib Bank Plaza
Habib Bank Plaza Karachi.JPG
General information
Type Bank
Completed 1972[1]
Roof 101 m (331 ft)[2][3]
Technical details
Floor count 22[2]
Design and construction
Architect Leo A. Daly

Habib Bank Plaza (now HBL Plaza), located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan,[4] is the head office of Habib Bank. It was the tallest building in Asia while still under construction between 1963-68. It was also the tallest building in South Asia until its completion in 1972.[5] It remained the tallest building in Pakistan for four decades until the 116m tall[6] MCB Tower was built.

The Habib Bank Plaza remained Pakistan's tallest building for 42 years until MCB Tower was completed in 2005.[7]

After 2005, MCB's landmark tower became the tallest building of Pakistan with 29 floors[6] and a helipad on top.

The Ruet-e-Hilal Committee has regularly used the building over the years to call the meeting for moon sighting.[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History". HBL Pakistan. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b http://skyscraperpage.com/diagrams/?cityID=762
  3. ^ Baruah, Amit (July 5, 2014). "Express Towers changes hands". The Hindu. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Google maps. "Address of Habib Bank Plaza". Google maps. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Express Towers changes hands". The Hindu. July 5, 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  6. ^ a b http://www.mcb.com.pk/mcb/mcb_tower.asp
  7. ^ http://www.uet.edu.pk/export/sites/UETWebPortal/research/researchinfo/journal/volume1/artcle10.pdf
  8. ^ "Moon sighted". Dawn newspaper. Associated Press of Pakistan. May 29, 2006. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "Moon sighting". Dawn newspaper. Associated Press of Pakistan. Sep 24, 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 

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Coordinates: 24°51′00″N 67°00′20″E / 24.8499°N 67.0055°E / 24.8499; 67.0055